Finest East Coast Tenting Spots

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Camping is a great pastime in our culture and its participation is definitely on the rise. Every US state has great campgrounds for both the auto camping crowd and the primitive camping enthusiast. From Florida to Maine and back with North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in between, you can’t go wrong on the East Coast unless you don’t go at all. There are also great campgrounds in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and just off the Atlantic Seaboard for those looking to get away from it all and get away from technology, if only for a few days. There are so many amazing, comfortable, and welcoming parks and campgrounds across the country that it would be almost impossible to list them all. It all depends on what you desire most: RV sites, state forests, or a sandy beach to satisfy your camping needs. Some want miles of hiking trails, while others just want campsites near the water for a getaway. Many just want to enjoy the time outdoors with the family.

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Posted by Official Hermit Island Campground on Saturday June 4, 2011

Hermit Island is located on the shore of Casco Bay in Phippsburg, Maine. It may look and seem like just another small and narrow island, but this resort offers about 270 campsites located in a variety of natural settings ranging from sandy beaches to wooded inland backwoods. Between the beaches, dunes and trails, there’s plenty of fun to be had: kayaking, fishing and swimming are available for those who love having the water just a short walk away. Most sites are for tent camping, but there are also a few cabins and RV sites.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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The best thing about this coastal North Carolina destination is that there are actually four different campgrounds within the park. All four of these campgrounds have tent, trailer and RV sites for every camper, although RV hookups are limited to a select few sites. Most of these campgrounds offer running toilets, potable water, and seasonal cold showers. This is a fantastic spot to view the Atlantic Ocean while sitting in your favorite camp chair and listening to the wind blow across the sand. As a bonus, you are right near the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, a historic landmark worth visiting.

Assateague Island

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If you want to see real wild horses and wildflowers on an incredibly beautiful barrier island, then Assateague is a great destination. Camping is only available on the Maryland portion of Assateague Island, but it’s fairly easy to do some research and find a spot to pitch your tent right on the sand just across from the dunes of the open Atlantic. It should be said that this camping trip requires some planning as it is very windy, riddled with mosquitoes at certain times and wild horses try to steal your food! Despite this, campground staff routinely travel the sites to check on everyone and even shoo away any horses trying to stick their noses in your cooler.

Stephen C Foster State Park

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This state park in southern Georgia is known as one of the main entrances to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp. Camping is great and comfortable here, but paddling and photo opportunities are top-notch. In addition, the lake fishing is excellent for warmouth, bluegill, catfish and chain pickerel. Choose from campsites, cottages, a lodge or a pioneer camp and get ready for a really cool experience.

Anastasia State Park

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This north Florida park is south of historic St. Augustine on the Atlantic Seaboard. This area is known for so much more than camping; the beach combing lots of people, swimming enthusiasts, hiking, wildlife viewing and boating activities all add a lot to a trip. Covering 4,000 acres on the Atlantic Coast near Anastasia Island, this state park is a camper’s dream. Biking, canoeing, paddling and kayaking are easily accessible from the 140 campsites.

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